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Anaheim 5, Montreal 3

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks

MONTREAL (AP) - Petr Sykora had a goal and an assist, and Andy McDonald and Teemu Selanne each had two assists, leading the Anaheim Mighty Ducks to their first win in Montreal in seven years, 5-3 over the Canadiens on Saturday night.

Zenon Konopka, Ruslan Salei, Jonathan Hedstrom and Rob Niedermayer also scored and Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped 21 shots for Anaheim, which had gone 0-3-1 in Montreal since a 5-4 win on March 21, 1998.

The Mighty Ducks, who lost 3-2 in overtime Thursday in Buffalo, ended a two-game losing streak and won for the fifth time in seven games (5-1-1).

Rookie Alexander Perezhogin scored Montreal's second goal after assisting on Richard Zednik's disputed tally in the first. Michael Ryder completed the scoring with his team-leading 12th goal in the third.

The Canadiens, who hadn't played since a 3-2 win over Los Angeles a week earlier, lost for the ninth time in 12 games (3-5-4) after winning 12 of their first 16.

With Alex Kovalev and Saku Koivu sidelined by injuries, Montreal's lineup was bolstered by the return of defensemen Andrei Markov and Mike Komisarek. Both missed three games. 

Markov served a suspension for shoving a linesman.

Komisarek, who had been home with his family following his mother's death, was on the ice for each of Anaheim's first four goals, including three on six shifts in the first period.

Konopka, Sykora and Salei scored first-period goals as Anaheim had a 20-10 margin in shots while building a 3-1 lead.

Outshot 12-1 at one point after Konopka opened the scoring, Montreal needed a two-man advantage to muster its second shot on net.

The Canadiens made it count - though only after a lengthy video review - as Zednik was credited with Montreal's first 5-on-3 goal of the season.

Despite Anaheim center Samuel Pahlsson's best effort to take him down, Zednik appeared to have tied it at 11:41 when the puck ended up in the net after a rebound struck him in the crease.

Referee Paul Devorski initially waved off the goal but that decision was reversed as replays showed that Zednik's stick made contact with the puck just as it was crossing the goal line.

McDonald and Selanne helped the Mighty Ducks regain the lead and then built on it as they combined to set up goals by Sykora and Salei later in the period.

After Hedstrom got his seventh goal 7:32 into the second to put Anaheim up 4-1, Perezhogin drew Montreal within two at 8:56.

Niedermayer made it 5-2 when he scored his seventh on a power play at 13:41.

The Canadiens cut the lead to two on Ryder's power-play goal 13:22 into the third.


Zednik's goal was the second Anaheim allowed during a 5-on-3 situation. ... Koivu missed his third game because of a groin injury. He skated with the team earlier in the day and hopes to return Tuesday against Phoenix.

Click here for the official score sheet from tonight's game.

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